What is Poison Croquet?

Written by Peter Jay

In some areas ofrepparttar Western United States a simple form of croquet is being played, one different thanrepparttar 137066 traditional competitive forms of croquet. This type of croquet is often called Poison, and is a favorite of amateur or casual croquet players. Poison croquet is played withrepparttar 137067 standard nine wicket croquet set. It can be played by 2,3,4,5, or 6 players. It has similar rules to American backyard croquet; however, it differs from other styles of croquet, in that no points are scored. The players all start atrepparttar 137068 same end ofrepparttar 137069 nine-wicket croquet playing field, instead of having an equal number of players beginning at opposing sides. The order ofrepparttar 137070 game followsrepparttar 137071 order ofrepparttar 137072 colors onrepparttar 137073 croquet mallet withrepparttar 137074 corresponding ball color of each player. Rather than competing for points, or which “team” can completerepparttar 137075 course first, with all of their croquet balls,repparttar 137076 players compete to see who can become poison first, and eliminate all ofrepparttar 137077 other players. A player becomes poison by hitting his or her ball through all nine wickets and strikingrepparttar 137078 stick at end. Once a player’s ball becomes poison, any ball that they hit with their “poison” ball, is eliminated fromrepparttar 137079 game. The goal is to eliminate all ofrepparttar 137080 other players fromrepparttar 137081 game by hitting them withrepparttar 137082 poison ball. The last player left inrepparttar 137083 game wins. Other traditional rules of backyard or American croquet still apply. The ball must be hit forward through each wicket, rather than going through fromrepparttar 137084 back end or fromrepparttar 137085 opposing direction. An extra hit is gained for each wicket, through which a ball is hit; only one extra hit can be gained from each wicket. An extra hit is also gained by hittingrepparttar 137086 ball of another player. Afterrepparttar 137087 other player’s ball is hit,repparttar 137088 player who hitrepparttar 137089 other player’s ball has two options: he may place his ball next torepparttar 137090 other player’s ball, put his foot on his own ball, and knockrepparttar 137091 other player’s ball out of play by striking his own ball; or he may simply take another hit towardsrepparttar 137092 next wicket.

So you have bought your first DSLR?

Written by Nick Stubbs

Ok! So you have bought a DSLR (Digital SLR)…now what?

You have joinedrepparttar ranks ofrepparttar 136903 "keen amateur photographer" by buying a new digital SLR, but what do all those buttons and bits actually do?

The way things are going what with pricing and technology, I can see a boom about to happen with regard to Digital SLR sales.

People who have previously just owned film or point and shoot digital cameras, will now as prices fall, haverepparttar 136904 opportunity to joinrepparttar 136905 rest of us inrepparttar 136906 exciting world ofrepparttar 136907 Digital SLR.

I can imagine that for a lot of peoplerepparttar 136908 transition will be exciting but also a tad confusing. Even if you have owned a film SLR inrepparttar 136909 past, I can guarantee that it didn't have this many buttons all over it with "custom functions" andrepparttar 136910 like!

These new breed of cameras are quite simply amazing and I despair when I see reviews and forums airing their disappointment that a new camera just released hasn't addressedrepparttar 136911 issue of "having to go torepparttar 136912 menu" to make an alteration.

When reading reviews about a particular digital SLR camera that you wish to purchase, please take it with a pinch of salt. The reviewers are there to delve into every possible avenue open to discussion and any personal gripes should not put you off.

If cameras were released with everyone's whims catered for,repparttar 136913 camera would have no room for a viewfinder or lens because ofrepparttar 136914 hundreds of buttons everywhere. What you need to do, even if you never use them, is to learn what each button, gadget and gizmo actually does just in case you need it one day.

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